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Book Review

June 1, 2017

used shoesMy latest completed book is No Need For Speed by John Bingham from Runner’s World magazine. For those who hate running, I promise a riddle that has nothing to do with running at the end.

The subtitle is A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running.

Mr. Bingham’s nickname is The Penguin because his body is really not suited for running. This tends to make his running book be better for people like me who are never, ever going to place first in a race. (However, I placed first in my age group once in a fundraiser 5K at Veteran’s Park. I think that there were only two of us, and I wanted it more.)

At the risk of sounding like a fifth grade book report, I really like this book because…

it is all about enjoying running without the pressure of trying to achieve Olympic status.

To save time for you and me, I am just going to type out two of my favorite quotes.

“Whose voice do you hear inside your head? Whose voice narrates the tapes? Who is it that’s the spokesperson for your soul?”

This is kind of an entertaining concept. I have to admit, however, that no matter who narrates my soul, I don’t seem to run any faster.

At any rate, Bingham’s book is funny and encouraging. Here is another quote I like:

“After exhaustive research, I have finally reached the conclusion that runners’ bodies come in three distinct shapes: 1) better than mine, 2) much better than mine, or 3) better than mine will ever be.”

End of book report.

I worked last night, and I made up a riddle. I only slept until noon today because I had a lot of stuff I wanted to do. I can’t really remember the riddle. It went something like this.

What do you call a psych nurse who likes to work nights and enjoys drawing blood?

A vampire nurse.  Bwa ha ha!